Today we are gonna look at another Dufa watch and I’ve been saving this one for the last as I think this is a stunning watch! Dufa sent me two watches, the second one was the Bayer which was another great watch from them with automatic Swiss movement. The watch we are looking at today is the Hannes Chrono and the model number is DF-9003-04, this is the rose gold case and white dial version. There are also 4 other Hannes Chrono colour variations: steel case and black dial, steel case and white dial, rose gold case and black dial, steel case and grey dial. And I got to say that from all the other ones, the one I have here for the review is the best looking one for sure! So let’s dive into the review and look at this stunning watch!
The Hannes Chrono came in the same box as all Dufa‘s, Spinnakers and James McCabe watches come. The first impressions when I took the watch out of the box were just “wow”! I immediately noticed the dial and it has almost that enamel look, I couldn’t find any info that it is actually enamel dial, but it sure looks like one. The quality also was on other details on the dial like the Dufa shield logo and of course the case and strap. On the dial, it says Made in Germany, which kind of isn’t true? Well I don’t know if it is really made in Germany as the watch came from Hong Kong, but as I read on watchuseek forum some people say that it is made by the same manufacturer that makes watches for Junghans, Zeppelin and Junkers, but other people say that it is actually made in China, nonetheless the quality is really there and it looks super good!
The case of the watch is made of 316L stainless steel. The machine work is exceptional, every line is sharp and I can’t see any mistakes or anything wrong with the case. The case is plated in Rose Gold colour with a high polish. The finishing is really good, I usually don’t like plated watches as the plating won’t last forever and it will rub off. The case shape is round with nice short lugs. The size, in my opinion, is perfect for a chrono. The diameter is 40mm and the thickness is 12mm from which 3mm is probably the domed crystal. The watch on the wrist fits perfectly and wears pretty comfortable, it isn’t too big or too small. On the right side of the watch, we have two pump pushers for the chronograph function, they actually have a pretty good and responsive action. The push-pull crown is also on the same size. The crown is signed with a very deep Dufa shield logo on the side and it definitely goes in my top 10 signed crown list. I like when small microbrand companies actually take time to engrave the crowns, and not only print or stamp a logo that is off centred. The case back for this one is a snap-on style case back and this is probably a downer as taking them off and on is hard. Although the case back is very well finished and has nice engraving work done on it. The water resistance is only 3ATM (30m) so I wouldn’t recommend getting it wet. On top of the case sits very proudly a domed crystal which is probably a hardened mineral crystal which actually is a bad note as for this price I was expecting a sapphire.
The dial is white and as I told you previously it really looks like enamel dial as it has that shiny surface and a deep white colour that you don’t usually see on machine painted dials. The hour markers, Arabic numbers and minute track are printed in black. The two subdials for the chronograph are placed horizontally, but not in the middle, but slightly towards the upper side of the dial, it looked weird, but after spending a month with the watch, it actually looks cool. At 12 we have the full “Deutsche-Uhrenfabrik Thuringen” logo. At 6 o’clock we have a nice round date window with a white date wheel. Above the date window, we have a nice applied Dufa shield logo which is in rose gold. Of course downside we have the “Made in Germany” writing. The index hour and minute hands are in polished rose gold with lume in the middle. The stick-shaped second’s hand is also in polished rose gold colour. I really like the dial and I can see that it is vintage inspired and it shows it also all over the case.
The movement that is inside the Hannes Chrono is a Swiss Made chronograph quartz movement, I don’t know which one particularly, but I guess that it is the Ronda 5021.D as it matches with the offset subdials and everything. Anycase Ronda makes a heck of quartz movements, probably one of the most popular quartz movement manufacturers besides Seiko and Miyota. The battery life is about 2-3 years.
The strap that comes with a watch is just a regular black leather strap with stitching all around. The strap width is 20mm and it tapers to 18mm at the buckle. The buckle is very nice it has the Dufa shield logo on it and the inside part of the buckle is polished and the outer part is brushed. The whole buckle is also rose gold colour plated. The strap is very supple and wraps your wrist nicely and surprisingly it is pretty long too as you can see on my wrist the end of the strap is visible, usually, I don’t get it on other watches so that is a big plus for some bigger wrist people.
Overall the Hannes Chrono I think is one of the best Dufa quartz offerings right now, I really liked it. The vintage styling with that super nice dial is really eye-catching. Wearing it I got a lot of compliments and everybody asked what is that? And when they heard the price they were surprised as they thought it costs 4-6 times more. The quality is very good, every line and printing on the dial is done very good! There are some problems with the watch in my opinion like the snap on case back or the mineral crystal, but as you know there is no perfect watch in this world. Anycase I can suggest this one for sure!
MOVEMENT: Swiss Quartz Chronograph with Date
CASE: Stainless Steel
CASE DIAMETER (mm): 40
CASE THICKNESS (mm): 12
CASE SHAPE: Round
CASE COLOUR: Ionic Plating – Rose Gold
DIAL COLOUR: White
BAND: Genuine Leather Strap
BAND COLOUR: Black
BUCKLE: Strap Buckle
BAND WIDTH (mm): 20-18
WATER RESISTANCE: 3ATM
WATCH WEIGHT (g): 50
WARRANTY: 2 Years International